Higher wages through more technical training

Skills centres may be opened after working hours, says Human Resources Minister Kula Segaran.

PUTRAJAYA: Human Resources Minister M. Kula Segaran said today that more technical training will be provided for workers to improve their skills, and thus improve their wages.

He said the federal government realised that the minimum wage of RM1,100 was barely sufficient for workers to make ends meets.

The government will emphasise technical and vocational education and training (TVET) as a means for workers to improve their skills and enhance their marketability.

The government hoped to increase the percentage of skilled workers in the work force to 35% in 2020 from 28% currently.

“It has been proposed that Department of Human Resource open skills training centres after 5.30 pm to ensure that the workforce can participate in the programmes after finishing their work. I strongly believe that if this can be materialised, it can raise the wages of workers by 10% to 20%,” added Kula.

Speaking to the media after chairing the National Labour Advisory Council here today, he said Singapore had a very high rate of certification “and they have stressed on TVET to increase the wages of their workers: we can do the same”.

In the 2019 Budget, the government announced setting up a TVET fund with a RM30 million allocation. TVET programmes are currently offered at certificate, diploma and degree levels through seven ministries.